January 30, 2008

How to Throw a Guac Bowl

Guac Bowl is your density

A few years ago a friend started a guacamole competition he dubbed Guac Bowl, and my Super Bowl® Sundays have never been the same. In my (perhaps overstated) opinion, it is the perfect approach to a Bowl party for football watchers and non-watchers alike. Here’s how to throw one:

1. Start with an Evite invitation (naturally) to provide event details as well as the perfect forum for attendee smack-talk.

2. Explain categories in your invitation. The Guac Bowl I attend has four:

  • Best-tasting traditional guac (no funny ingredients).
  • Best-tasting alternative guac (funny ingredients encouraged!). I’ve seen guacs that include blood orange and fennel, chocolate, hummus, pomegranate, bacon (I did that one!) and countless other tasty or disgusting ingredients.
  • Best presentation (more to come on this).
  • The Icarus award — this acknowledges the guac that flew closest to the sun only to fall, such as the non-palate-pleasing Guacsicle popsicles and the Guac-king Stuffers featuring peppermint candy guacamole served in Christmas stockings. Tasty? No. Hilarious? Yes!

is that dry ice? dude!

3. Be clear about when the contest is judged. My Guac Bowl Organizer Friend requires all votes to be in before halftime, when the winners are announced.

4. Encourage puns! Named entries gives guac presentations focus. I’ve seen pyramids of guac in Guac Like an Egyptian, a large-scale diorama of Guactanamo Bay, a standing Guaczilla of guacamole covered in avocado skins, the Guac Ness Monster featuring Nessie in a loch of guac, and I once entered Tequila Guacingbird with tequila-infused guac served in shot glasses.

5. Set up the guac entries in a different room from the TV; otherwise, football fans will be annoyed by the chatty people more interested in the guacamole.

6. Be sure to have enough tables for guac entries. Four long tables fit (though barely) 40 entries of guacamole last year.

7. Supply lots of tortilla chips. To keep people from completely overdosing on guacamole (as much as possible, anyway), be sure to serve vegetables and fruit as well.

8. Pray your friends aren't allergic to avocados.

For more, visit the official Guac Bowl website.

sweet guac hangover

Posted by Christine on January 30, 2008 in Food and Drink , Parties

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Love those photos!!

how did they do the mist for the monster?!
wow. I am so not worthy.


The mist was done with dry ice. If you check out the additional pictures on guacbowl.com, you can see the disastrous results -- it FROZE the guac after about 20 minutes! Oh, the things we do for art...

I love this! At last, an activity that would make it worth it for me to sit through the Superbowl (other than watching the commercials). I especially love the presentations and the punny names.

Nice idea. Someone should do a "Guac the Line" Johnny Cash-themed GuacBowl entry.

So good. The Guac Ness Monster is sheer genius.

Always impressive when you're able to inspire guests to truly embrace a party theme to this extent. And it's nice when you don't personally have to do everything yourself as the host of the party.

Nice story -- I look forward to seeing more of Christine's how to's!

This is absolutely HILARIOUS! I love my football, but I can only wish my Super Bowl party friends were this creative.

But I have to ask... where was the Guac in the Loch. I see lots of mist and a scary creature, but did you have to dip your chip beneath the mist to get to the guac-y depths?

This is a great idea! Nice post!

LP--yep, though the mist of dry ice to get to the guac, (which froze!)